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MSU tech leaders making changes in wake of ‘Heartbleed’

STARKVILLE — Technology professionals at Mississippi State University are addressing the worldwide computer security vulnerability called “Heartbleed” by patching affected servers and advising Internet users on campus to change passwords, among other steps. MSU security and compliance officer Tom Ritter said the bug is being actively used against websites throughout the Internet, allowing attackers to […] [...]

Senators push FEMA to implement flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) have sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting a meeting to discuss a plan to implement the recently passed flood insurance reform law and reinstating rates as Congress intended. The senators want Fugate […] [...]

Court denies appeal by circuit clerk to use tax money for defense

VICKSBURG — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports the Mississippi Supreme Court has denied the interlocutory appeal filed by Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The three-member panel of Justices Michael Randolph, James Kitchens and Leslie King agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her attorneys’ […] [...]

MDEQ lifts advisory for segments of two Coast beaches

BAY ST. LOUIS and GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted the water contact advisories for two beach monitoring stations on the Coast. The stations are: • Station 4-Bay St. Louis Beach, which extends from the box culvert east to Ballantine Street • Station 9-Gulfport Harbor […] [...]

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Cochran questions EPA over forest roads, flood control

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency can be more cooperative in dealing with other agencies when assessing environmental matters related to forests and flood control projects. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2015 budget request for the EPA. Cochran offered questions […] [...]

BancorpSouth buying Louisiana-based insurance firm

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank, has, signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Lafayette, La.-based Knox Insurance Group, LLC. The transaction is expected to close immediately.  Financial terms of the pending transaction were not disclosed. “The Knox acquisition gives us an opportunity to meaningfully expand our market […] [...]

Advisories issued for two segments of beach

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued two water contact advisories for sampling stations in Harrison County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stations are: • […] [...]

MDEQ welcomes new members to enHance program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has accepted three new members, seven renewal memberships and two returning members into its enHance program for the 2014 class. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2009 that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to […] [...]

C Spire’s fiber to home program gets recognition

RIDGELAND — C Spire’s ultra-high speed 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) fiber to the home initiative in Mississippi has been selected by Broadband Communities for a 2014 Cornerstone Award. C Spire executives were honored during a special awards program attended by over 1,000 broadband industry leaders at the 2014 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas. […] [...]

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